Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) is a Crossville, TN-based nonprofit with the mission to protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the watersheds of the Obed River and its tributaries within Cumberland County, TN through community education, creating opportunities for community research and service projects, and promoting conservation, recreation, and best management practices.
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we come to the end of the year, we look back with pride, a little awe, and some
exhaustion. 2013 was, without question, OWCA’s most productive yet. We
completed the multi-year Centennial Park Project, started and completed a major
project at Cumberland Mountain State Park, surveyed over 100 miles of stream,
held the first annual Run for Clean Water, and doubled the size of
Waterfest! None of these
accomplishments could have been possible without our Board of Directors, our
partners and the dedicated and conscientious staff and volunteers that were
mobilized for these various projects.
Without our members and their commitment to our mission, none of this
could have happened. Thank you
We’re offering fewer activities in December as we write reports and take
care of some long overdue deskwork.
Join us for our Celebration and one of our Workdays at Centennial Park, but
most of all join us in taking time to celebrate the season and give thanks for
all our blessings.
Staff Member Angela with a Snapping Turtle in Centennial Park.
OWCA is going to begin honoring an individual in the community each month who is making a contribution to protect and enhance our environment. To make a nomination, contact Angela Damron at 931-210-2776.
Friday December 13th 5:00p.m.
Come to our Holiday Party, Friday, December 13th
and enjoy food, drink, and fellowship as we look back over the year and share
the joy of the holidays. Bring a
dish to pass and we will provide all beverages, including beer, wine, eggnog,
apple cider. We will also have
Christmas music. Singing is delightful,
but not required. Come and spread
some holiday cheer as we end 2013 and look forward to a marvelous 2014.
Help OWCA this
At this time of year, we are all asked to help many
worthy organizations with year end financial contributions. We invite you to consider how you can
support OWCA. First, a direct
contribution helps fund the many activities that we undertake that are not
funded by outside grants and contracts - our stream water testing, our work in
the schools, our public presentations, our website, our Facebook page, our
advocacy work, the management of our wetland and the new wetland that we hold
the conservation easement for, and Waterfest. Second, you can contribute indirectly by simply making
Amazon purchases through a link connected to OWCA - http://smile.amazon.com/ch/72-1594762 - .5% of your purchases are returned to OWCA. This applies not only to holiday
shopping but throughout the year.
If you’re a big amazon user, this can add up for OWCA. Third, you can give OWCA memberships as
presents this holiday. It’s a way
to share your interest and enthusiasm with friends and family and introduce
them to the work of OWCA. Fourth,
you can donate your time and energy to our work, not only this month, but
throughout the year. We need help
in all aspects of the organization, not only our outside work, but in planning
and carrying out our various events and projects. We need help with our Facebook page, our website, and in
producing information for the public.
Think about how you can help.
A clean and healthy river system is a tremendous gift to current and
Contributions can be sent to OWCA at 185 Hood
Dr., Crossville, TN or made on-line at our website: http://obedwatershed.org.
November Through the Rearview
completes Meadow Creek area.
Our Stream Assessment crews completed the survey work on Meadow Creek,
Copeland Creek and their tributaries in November as well as an un-named direct
tributary to the Obed. In
deference to hunting season and the holidays, our Stream Team is taking December
off and will be back in January to complete a section of Clear Creek. Billy Hensley, Matt Harris
and Annell Fields continued their leadership along with Dana Young, and were
joined by volunteers Pete Peterson, Bill Morgan, Ian Jasitt and Michael Durnwald.
State Park Completes Construction
It took the first few days of December,
but the construction phase of the Cumberland Mountain State Park project is now
complete. November’s effort was
focused on Byrds Creek below the dam, and consisted of seven sites that needed
stabilization as well as some debris dam removal. There were some cold days when putting your hands in the
water was not pleasant, but we pushed through to the end. Over 85 cedar revetments were installed
along with the building of two rock vanes, using three pallets of rock. We were able to see them function well
during the high water following the November 24-25 rain. All together, we installed 507
revetments on this project. Thanks to Scott Collie, Dawn Prystach, Jennifer
Howard, Matt Harris, Jeremy Routh, and Shaun Hedgecoth for their dedicated
Southern Leopard Frog Found at OWCA wetland
Silky Azalea Along Daddy's Creek